Video: The Devil Wears A Padded Jacket: Humble Cars With Immodest Results In The Quarter
2023 Author: Natalie MacDonald | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-11-26 13:59
You stand like this at a traffic light behind the wheel of a Porsche 911 Turbo S, turn on the launch control and know that you will definitely be the first to arrive at the next traffic light, because it is 2.7 seconds to “hundred”. But then the green lights up and you watch as the Niva flies past your launch. Can this happen in reality? And how! For this, they build slippers - ordinary cars with a devilish filling!
It's not so difficult to build an interesting dragster slipper: you need to take the least interesting car and put a more powerful motor there. Jamie Spiller, for example, equipped his Mitsubishi Sigm wagon with a GM LS1 engine and a 4L60E automatic transmission. Now this gray mouse, which has more than 400 forces on the rear axle, demonstrates a confident 12 seconds in the quarter.
However, Jamie's project is not yet the most radical. If Sigma is equipped with a turbocharged Ford Cleveland engine, the Japanese station wagon will cover a quarter mile in 9 seconds. And you will have to stop it with a parachute. Fortunately, in the station wagon there is enough space for him in the back.
What makes Volkswagen Group cars so good is the interchangeability of engines and transmissions. For example, you can take a diesel Volkswagen Caddy, shake out all the organs, and replace them with an engine removed from the Golf R. And even from Stage 3 from the Revo studio. At the exit, you will get an unremarkable delivery van that can tear, say, a BMW M4 in drag.
Thanks to the AWD system and nearly 500 turbo power, the Caddy is able to cover a quarter mile in 11.7 seconds! I wonder if the Russian Post would work faster if it had such vans?
Only the Hoosier's oversized rear tires give this weathered Transit a drag monster. Its data sheet still lists a 2.5-liter turbo diesel engine, but the van is actually powered by a modified Lexus supercharged V8.
The exact power and torque figures of the Super-Transit are unknown, but this big guy rides, be healthy: 13 seconds per quarter mile is about the same amount required for the Chevrolet Camaro SS. Of course, the Jaguar XJ220's aggregate carrier in the form of a Transit could be faster, but this car is not positioned as a dragster.
The strange futuristic Saturn cars are the least expected to be seen on drag strips: they look too civilized and harmless. But, as practice shows, with the proper amount of improvements, these machines are capable of showing decent results on the drag strip.
This instance of Saturn is equipped with a standard four-cylinder engine, in which literally everything has been replaced: pistons, connecting rods, cylinder head, fuel pump … In addition, a T04E turbine and an intercooler were installed. And now the Saturn takes a mere 11.9 seconds to cover the test distance.
The example of GMC Syclone, which punished Porsches and Ferraris by a quarter of a mile back in the 1990s, makes it clear that pickup trucks should not be underestimated in drag. Even if their appearance does not give out any devilry.
Another confirmation of this knowledge is this bearded Chevrolet Silverado Z71. Although outwardly this is an ordinary truck, devoid of a trunk door (simply because in drag it will serve as an air brake), it has a motor with a capacity of more than 1000 horsepower. A 1/8 mile (yes, also a popular discipline) a super pickup can travel in 6 seconds.
How to get Mom's minivan to go 1/8 mile in 7.5 seconds? You can put a powerful turbocharged V8, replace the body panels with lightweight ones, add drag tires that will bend into a bagel at the start. But you can do it differently.
Chris Krug simply took the helicopter's turbojet engine and stuffed it into the trunk of a Chrysler Voyager. Moreover, the additional power plant does not interfere with the operation of the internal combustion engine. So in the "civil" mode, this fire-breathing monster can also be driven around the city. And when it comes to racing, Chris opens the side doors (to allow air to the powertrain) and removes the false rear window to hide the flame-spitting nozzles.
In combat mode, Voyager accelerates to 160 kilometers per hour in just 7 seconds.
They say that "any German car ever turns into an Opel." Well, if she turns into this Kadett, it won't be the worst retirement option. At first glance, this is a slightly tuned hatchback in good condition, but as soon as you open the hood, you will find an obscenely tuned 16-valve Ecotec engine, the turbine of which blows 3.1 bars! From two liters of the working volume of this unit, 1250 horsepower was removed. This allows the all-wheel drive hatchback to accelerate to over 300 kilometers per hour from a distance of just one mile. Any more Opel jokes?
If you remove the brake parachute and the wheelie-preventing trolley from Greg Seutmalder's Jeep, then it may well be mistaken for a slightly tuned CJ, which can still safely cut through the forests. Or on the beaches. However, the path of this orange devil is a quarter mile races.
Thanks to the 6.7-liter racing engine, the Brick is able to drive a quarter in less than 9 seconds! And also desperately burn rubber on public roads. Yes, yes, it really can be driven on ordinary streets, despite the fact that in its current incarnation, the super-Jeep develops about 1500 horsepower and 1400 Nm of torque.
Have you ever seen how Smart makes a wheelie - that is, it only gets on the rear wheels at the start? If not, then admire this little one with a 1.5-liter engine from ToyotPaseo. Thanks to turbocharging, the middle-aged unit was pumped up to 200-odd forces. It is he who provides Smart with impressive results in a quarter mile - 12.5 seconds. Not bad for a car that can be blown into the next lane by a GAZelle passing towards.
By the way, we weren't joking about Niva. Crazy SUV with GM LSX engine and Precision turbine lives in Kharkov. In "sparing" mode, the engine develops 1250 horsepower. Although it can be boosted up to 2500 forces!
Nine seconds per quarter mile is not a problem at all for this car. The car picks up the first hundred after 2.3 seconds after the start, and the second - after only six. The project is being finalized from year to year, so the best race of this crazy Niva is yet to come.
Not so long ago, we talked about the fastest HondCivic on the planet, which, thanks to an all-wheel drive system and a freaky four-cylinder engine, can accelerate to 97 kilometers per hour in 1.1 seconds and pass a quarter in 7.45 seconds. Why are we doing this? And besides, from any machine you can build a real devil. Go for it!
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